Let's welcome newly appointed White Lake, Mich. (M-21) Port Captain Chip Sawyer to the alliance of GLCC helping hands. Here's a porthole glimpse of this sailor's story: I began sailing at the age of five. “Cruised” the western shoreline of Green Bay in a homemade eight-foot plywood pram with a bedspread sail. Probably put 200 miles on that craft. Graduated to a Seagull class sailboat at about the age of ten and began competitive racing. At age 17, I began cruising (North Channel, Georgian Bay, Lake Superior, half a Great Loop) in earnest with the then GLCC Port Captain for Menominee, Mich. aboard his 45-foot converted schooner. Please click here to read more!
GLCCSchool is excited to announce that it is back with another season of great webinars! The 2017-2018 school year includes a number of new webinars, as well as updated versions of past favorites. Webinars now open for registration include Introduction to Cruising the Great Lakes (11/16/17); Navigating Locks (11/21/17); Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring (12/2/17); Sharing the Helm (12/4/17); Introduction to Marine Radar (12/6/17); and AIS-B: Why All the Fuss? (12/14/17). Click here for more information on these webinars. Be sure to check back here and on the GLCCSchool web site for information on new offerings, and remember: if you can't attend a live webinar, your tuition purchases the right to view the recording.
Newly appointed Port Captain for Wye Heritage Marina, Ont. (GB-22.4), Paul Strub is quite the explorer. Let's give him a warm welcome and if you stop by; be sure to give him a holler. Here's a little insight of his "learning the ropes"...
I was introduced to the cruising lifestyle around the age of ten while watching an episode of PowerBoat Television. They did a feature on Killarney and the North Channel. After watching the episode, I knew I had to eventually have a boat.
Finally, in 2007 I got my first pocket cruiser, a 23-foot Cooper Yachts Prowler. I kept this boat four seasons as I learned the ins and outs of boating. Click here for further reading.
For the 2nd time in three years a troubling and very toxic algae bloom has occurred across Western Lake Erie. For more information click this article from the Cruising Odyssey ezine, an on-line powerboat-focused publication of Blue Water Sailing magazine: http://cruisingodyssey.com/2017/10/04/toxic-algae-blooms-cover-western-e...
Past GLCC Commodore Niels Jensen's narrated video of his August trip from Lake Superior's Apostle Islands to the GLCC Lake Superior Rally in Silver Bay, Minnesota, certainly whets one's appetite to attend a regional rally or the annual rendezvous. Check it out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXA_MP89cNM